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Rock Steady Boxing

Rock Steady Boxing gives people with Parkinson’s disease hope by improving their quality of life through a non-contact boxing-based fitness curriculum.  

Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative movement disorder which can cause deterioration of motor skills, balance, speech and sensory function. Parkinson Canada estimates there are more than 100,000 Canadians who have Parkinson's Disease and that number continues to grow each year.

Rock Steady Boxing is the first boxing program in Canada, with the mission to empower people with Parkinson’s disease to “fight back”. Exercises vary in purpose and form but share one common trait: they are rigorous and intended to extend the perceived capabilities of the participant.

Please check the Program Schedule for class times and dates >>

How it Works:

Rock Steady classes are divided into four levels based upon each person’s unique Parkinson’s symptoms and overall level of fitness.

PD Levels:

  • PD 1+2 are classes for people with less advanced symptoms of Parkinson's disease.
  • PD 3+4 are classes for people with more progressed symptoms of Parkinson's disease.
  • ALL PD are classes for people with all levels of Parkinson's disease.

All potential boxers must complete a 90-minute application and assessment process. This will assist the coaches in determining the class placement that would be of greatest benefit to the boxer. 


  • If the Boxer is a Y Member the classes are included in the membership. Click here to learn more about Y Membership >>
  • Public prices are paid per session*: $90 (1 class per week) or $170 (2 classes per week)
  • Both Members and Public must pay for the Initial Assesment
    • $40 + tax, which includes a boxing kit (boxing gloves, gel hand wraps)

Getting Involved:

Participants are welcome to attend our classes at any time to observe, but each person will receive an assessment before beginning the classes to ensure that he or she is assigned to the appropriate class. Each participant must have a Physician Medical Release form signed off prior to the initial intake. Click here to download the Physician Medical Release form >> 

To book your assessment, contact Diana van der Meer:
519-376-0484 ext. 212 |


Since the early 1980s, various studies have supported the notion that rigorous exercise, emphasizing gross motor movement, balance, core strength, and rhythm, could favorably impact range of motion, flexibility, posture, gait, and activities of daily living. More recent studies, most notably at Cleveland Clinic, focus on the concept of intense “forced” exercise, and have begun to suggest that certain kinds of exercise may be neuro-protective and actually slow disease progression.

Academic institutions (such as University of Indianapolis and Butler University) are reporting and documenting the improved quality of life among participating boxers. Discovery of a cure might be many years away, but there is increasing evidence that improvement is being made by those participating in the Rock Steady Boxing program. This improvement is both cognitive and physical, and occurs for people at various stages of Parkinson's. 

Today, there are 603 Rock Steady Boxing programs around the world. To learn more about how this program started, click here >>